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Preventing Scissors from Rusting

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An old and rusty pair of scissors
This is a guide about preventing scissors from rusting. Keeping your shears dry can help prevent rust from developing.
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October 5, 2006

I use scissors a lot in the kitchen when I am cooking. To keep them from getting rusty, I spray them with Pam either before, or even after, I put them in the dishwasher. That way, they are lubricated and you don't have to worry about lubricating them with any other type of oil.

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March 15, 2016

What are some ways to prevent scissors from rusting?

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Dry them immediately when they get wet. Fill an old coffee can with rice and store your scissors, open, in the rice.

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March 21, 20160 found this helpful

If you have inherited plain iron scissors that can rust, unlike modern stainless steel scissors, dip them into a Classic Coke. The phosphoric acid in it turns surface iron into iron phosphate. You could also use Naval Jelly, which is simply jellied phosphoric acid. It turns rusty iron a nice battleship gray. Even salt water does not harm it.

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There is no need to repeat that procedure more than maybe once every third year. Unlike expensive cooking spray, it does not wipe off. It is like a plating.

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